What are essential N.M. services still open under the coronavirus closure order?


New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an order this week closing all nonessential businesses and nonprofits until April 10 in an effort to slow the spread of a coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

But the list of what is considered an essential business that can remain open is extensive. Many have adjusted staffing, services and hours to try and reduce the potential spread of the deadly coronavirus. 

At this time, law enforcement, fire departments, EMS, 911 call centers, utilities and hospitals are operating. 

The list of essential businesses that remain open include:

•  Health care operations including hospitals, walk-in-care health facilities, emergency veterinary and livestock services, pharmacies, medical wholesale and distribution, home health care workers or aides for the elderly, emergency dental facilities, nursing homes, residential health care facilities, research facilities, congregate care facilities, intermediate care facilities for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities, supportive living homes, home health care providers, and medical supplies and equipment manufacturers and providers;
•  Homeless shelters, food banks, and other services providing care to indigent or needy populations;
•  Child care facilities necessary to provide services to those workers employed by essential businesses and essential nonprofit entities;
•  Grocery stores, all food and beverage stores, supermarkets, food banks, farmers markets and vendors who sell food, convenience stores, and other businesses that generate the majority of their revenue from the sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet food, feed, and other animal supply stores, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products;
•   Farms, ranches, and other food cultivation, processing, or packaging operations;
•  All facilities used by law enforcement personnel, first responders, firefighters, emergency management personnel, dispatch operators, and court personnel;
•  Infrastructure operations including, but not limited to, public works construction; commercial and residential facility construction and maintenance; airport operations; public transportation; airlines; taxis; private transportation providers; water, sewer, trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal; gas; electrical; oil drilling; oil refining; natural resources extraction or mining operations; nuclear material research and enrichment; those attendant to the repair and construction of roads and highways; solid waste collection and removal; processing and disposal; data and internet providers; data centers; and telecommunications systems;
•  Manufacturing operations involved in food processing, manufacturing agents, chemicals, fertilizer, pharmaceuticals, sanitary products, household paper products, telecommunications, microelectronics/semi-conductor, primary metals manufacturers, machinery manufacturers, electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturers, and transportation equipment manufacturers;
• Services necessary to maintain the safety and sanitation of residences or essential businesses including security services, custodial services, plumbers, electricians, and other skilled trades;
•  Media services including television, radio, and newspaper operations;
•  Gas stations, automobile repair facilities, and retailers who generate the majority of their revenue from the sale of automobile repair products;
•  Hardware stores;
•  Laundromats and dry cleaner services;
•  Utilities, including their contractors and suppliers, engaged in power generation, fuel supply and transmission, water and wastewater supply;
•  Funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries;
•  Banks, credit unions, insurance providers, payroll services, brokerage services, and investment management firms;
•  Real estate services including brokers, title companies, and related services;
•  Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes;
•  Laboratories and defense and national security-related operations supporting the United States government or a contractor to the United States government;
Restaurants, but only for delivery or carryout and local breweries or distilleries but only for carryout;
• Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, but only where necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities; and
• Logistics and businesses that store ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences or retailers.

To read the full details of this order check the link below


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